a poisonous evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) of the dogbane family, with fragrant flowers of white, pink, or red and narrow, leathery leaves
Origin of oleanderML, earlier also lorandrum: altered from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Latin rhododendron
A poisonous Eurasian evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) with narrow leathery leaves, widely cultivated for its showy fragrant white, rose, or purple flowers. Also called rosebay .
Origin of oleanderMedieval Latin probably alteration ( influenced by Latin olea olive ) of Late Latin lorandrum rhododendron alteration ( probably influenced by Latin laurea, lōrea laurel, because of its similar-shaped leaves ) of Late Latin rodandrum from Latin rhododendron ; see rhododendron .